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Hey folks, for anyone that will see this the OTW is holding elections this weekend! The OTW 2015 Board of Directors election will be held on November 06-09. It will open at 12:01am UTC on November 06 and close at 11:59pm UTC on November 09. Here is some info so you can get out there and vote!!

The candidates, including links to their Bio and Manifestos and the Q&A answers they gave.
Official voting instructions, and simpler voting instructions.
Unofficial elections discussion.
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Have you seen Francesca Coppa's latest post to the OTW's website? It includes a link to her Things We Don't Have In The Future presentation at the University of the Arts, and it's fantastic. She talks about how remix and fan cultures are valid forms of critique and discussion about popular culture and the reality we live in by responding in kind. She shows how fan culture envisions a future world that suits us, and then creates it through our works. She showed the audience several vids and some fan art, and they got the message and enjoyed it! It was such a fantastic presentation and it left me with such a squeeful feeling at being involved in fandom, in this community of people who create such awesome things with such awesome meaning, because you guys rock! Lol, it was also neat to have recognized every single one of the vids she showed, and to experience vicariously with her showing these specific examples to an audience, one of which was a Star Trek vid.

I also really liked the video she linked to, This Too Shall Pass by Ok Go. It has an infectiously up-beat alternative sound that I loved. I especially loved the lyrics Can’t stop those kids from dancing / but why would you want to? as it could be seen in relation to remixing and vidding. Vidding is our dance, our celebration, and it's beautiful. So in the spirit of viral video and making music accessible to the masses, as Damian says in his Open Letter From OK Go, regarding non-embeddable YouTube videos, I'm embedding the video for your pleasure:


OK Go - This Too Shall Pass from OK Go on Vimeo.


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That means you can  sign up for an account, post fic, and bookmark and rec your favorite fic on the site!  I'm so excited, I just got my account, RDphantom, and the site looks awesome.  It works well, is easy to browse and find works, and it's easy to make bookmarks and recs.  I really like the bookmark/rec feature.  It's a great way to find good fic within a fandom.  I don't have any fic to post, but I think I'll enjoy keeping track of what I've read through my bookmarks.  I'm SO excited, it feels like we've been waiting forever for this!!
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This month marks four years in fandom for me.  I've been thinking a lot about fandom lately and so I thought I'd write about what it means to me.


 

My love letter to fandom )
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So yesterday I posted a rant in my Last.fm journal about Today by The Smashing Pumpkins being used in a Visa commercial, and how I was disturbed by that.  I think my thoughts on that actually apply to fandom "coming out" to the public.

 

The Meta )

 

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The OTW has finally released their projects for us to enjoy!

The Archive of Our Own is now open!  It's still in beta testing so you won't find all of the features available yet and the general public can't make accounts.  But you can search and read the fiction!  The site looks great and is really easy to navigate.  When searching by Fandom or Works you can filter the searches by ratings, character/pairing, tags and warnings.  And the tag feature is really cool.  They are accepting feedback so they can fix bugs and make it better.  It's awesome already, and even better that they are working to refine the search functions and will be adding vids eventually!  I'm so excited about it, it rocks!

The academic fan journal Transformative Works and Culture has released it's first issue.  I really enjoyed Women, Star Trek, and the early development of fannish vidding by Francesca Coppa.  It has an excellent history of early vidders, why they began vidding, and the technical aspects of the process.  I enjoyed her thoughts on Star Trek and it's treatment of women, she made some excellent points about Number One and Spock.  And her coverage of the VCR vidders was so interesting to read, it must have been such a difficult way to vid.  The article also covers the variety of topics vidders express in their vids, some I had no idea existed.  But one of the things I like about vidding is that the average person has the control to express their thoughts on and shape the source, so I'm glad that others find a similar freedom.

The last new OTW project is FanLore,  the fan wiki.  Anyone can edit and add to the wiki if they set up an account.  They have sections for people, fan activities and communities and perspectives on fans.  I found the glossary of terms to be enlightening.

It's been a busy couple of months for the OTW with lots of stuff for me to do now!

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